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Type of military discharge and benefits received for veterans

Military veterans deserve the best. The sacrifices that veterans may make include their time, separation from their family and other personal sacrifices. Some even make the ultimate sacrifice and pay with their life in service to their country. For those who escape with their life, discharge status can affect the benefits they receive after their time in the service has ended.

There are different ways that military members can be released from the military. For many, the ideal way is to receive an honorable discharge, this means that the military member either met or exceeded the conduct and performance standards of the military. Honorable discharge veterans are offered an array of veterans benefits, including medical, educational and other benefits.

However, a downgrade in discharge status can affect the availability of benefits available to a veteran. A dishonorable discharge or bad conduct can mean that certain veterans benefits can be revoked. The military determines these discharge statuses, so if a veteran believes that a discharge given may be in error, they should petition military court to change the discharge status. A failure to do so could result in a veteran being barred from certain assets that may be important to a veteran either just after discharge or in years to come.

The benefits available to veterans vary but can be extremely beneficial for a veteran member and their family. Oftentimes, benefits are transferrable to defendants and family members, like the children of veterans. The health and wellbeing of family members can make it even more important to ensure that one is receiving the proper benefits.

Source:, "Veterans benefits depend on type of discharge from duty," Ken Cruickshank, April 22, 2017

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